General Information



The official language of the conference is English. All presenters are requested to adhere to this language.

Visa and entry requirements

Nationals of some countries will require a visa to enter South Africa. To find out if you need a visa and how to go about getting one, please visit the official South African Government visa, or contact your local South African consulate/own government authority. Should you require a letter of invitation for a visa, we ask that you submit a request to the conference organisers. The letter of invitation will then be sent to you within 2 working days, provided that the full registration fee has been paid.

Please note that for entering South Africa, immigration requires that all visitors have a valid passport and at least two pages are needed to remain blank for the issuing of stamps. The passport also needs to be valid for the duration of the stay and six months after departure.

Travellers entering South Africa from countries where yellow fever is endemic may be required to present their vaccination record or other proof of inoculation.

Safety in Cape Town

Crime is common in most big cities; however, distinct efforts have been made to improve the safety of visitors and residents of Cape Town. Usual city safety precautions should be taken: When driving, keep car doors locked and belongings out of site at all times. Avoid carrying large sums of money or visible electronic devices and do not leave belongings unattended. Whilst policing in the city is very good, it is not fool-proof. Be cautious when 'out and about' after dark; avoid poorly lit streets just as you would in other major world cities


The official currency in South Africa is the Rand (ZAR).The average exchange rate between USD and ZAR is about $1 = R 12.00 (as of 9 Dec 2014), between the Euro and ZAR is about €1 = R 15.00 (as of 9 Dec 2014) and between the Pound and ZAR is about £1 = R 18.00 (as of 9 Dec 2014). These estimates are provided for your information and will fluctuate. Please check current rates for the most up to date information.

Credit cards such as Visa, American Express and MasterCard are acceptable at hotels, large restaurants and shopping centres. ATM machines are available at the airport and most banks.


South Africa uses 220/230V. The South African plug has three circular pins. This type of socket is unique and may not be included in common Universal plug adapters. For more information, please visit and look at plug type M.

Some hotels may have other types of sockets or adapters, but participants are encouraged to bring a suitable adapter if needed for personal use.


April mornings are crisp, with moderate days and cool evenings. The average April temperature in Cape Town ranges from 23ºC (maximum) to 12ºC (minimum) (73ºF to 54ºF). Rainfall for the month is approximately 41 mm.

Time zone

Cape Town is on South African Standard Time, which is 2 hours ahead of GMT. South Africa does not adjust for daylight saving time.

Dress Code

Business casual attire is suggested for both the conference days and conference dinner.


The DOHaD and UCT Conference Management Centre would like to extend their thanks to all external companies involved in this conference, but accepts no liability for any bookings made with external companies.


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